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Praying for a Miracle: Junu’s Story

The following story is from Preemie Babies 101 reader Farheen. If you’d like to share your NICU story with us, click the Share Your Story link, or email leighann@handtohold.org

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What were the circumstances surrounding your child’s birth?

At just 19 weeks pregnant, I had very severe abdominal pain similar to gas pains. On reaching the ER, we learned what we were assuming as gas pains were actually premature contractions. It was midnight, so the ER doctor admitted me saying that they have given me some medications and want to monitor me for the night. I was taken straight to the labour room and hooked up with IV fluids. My contractions were getting severe and more frequent.

In the morning, an ultrasound showed that my cervix was funneled till the end. I was diagnosed with Incompetent Cervix. A cerclage was the only option left, but the cerclage could be done only if the contractions stopped for 24 hours. It was a wait and watch situation. [Continue reading]

Words of Wisdom for Mamas on Bedrest

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by Darline Turner-Lee, bedrest coach and founder of Mamas on Bedrest & Beyond   Bed rest sucks! No doubt about it. I am constantly amazed and humbled at how mamas on bed rest stay focused, stay positive and stay supportive of one … [Continue reading]

{Professional Insight} What is NICU Family-Centered Care?

  by Dr. Patrick Hodges I have been caring for newborns and their families in neonatal intensive care units for over 25 years. I have seen incredible advancements, which have had historic impacts on the care and outcomes of these fragile … [Continue reading]

The Journey to Ear Tubes

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Prematurity is the gift that keeps on giving. Even if you were lucky enough to escape the NICU with no lingering complications, sometimes issues will crop up much later that leave you wondering if prematurity is rearing its ugly head again. For … [Continue reading]

Huggies Launches New Nano Preemie Diaper

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This month Huggies® launched their smallest diaper yet, the Little Snugglers Nano Preemie diaper, designed to fit micro preemies weighing under two pounds. Develoed in partnership with NICU nurses as a part of Huggies'® No Baby Unhugged program, … [Continue reading]